Addressing the needs of our customers is a cornerstone of 180 Medical’s mission. In fact, 180 Medical began with the story of our founder, Todd Brown, after he sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI). Because of his experience, he created our company to provide compassionate service and medical supplies. Plus, we like to offer helpful resources for others needing information, support, and education related to their condition. Take a look below to access a wealth of resources related to living with a spinal cord injury.
180 Medical would like to recognize the below organizations for their efforts in helping those with spinal cord injuries gain access to necessary equipment, information, and advocacy. We hope these resources will help you achieve your goals
Sports Grants for Athletes with a Spinal Cord Injury
The following spinal cord injury resources include several grants, which are specifically available to help those with SCI and other disabilities to pursue an active lifestyle, including athletic endeavors and adaptive sports.
Challenged Athletes Foundation is dedicated to enabling those with physical challenges. It does this by providing opportunities such as peer mentoring and grants to encourage athletic activity. Available grants include options to help with travel, training, coaching, as well as equipment like wheelchairs and prosthetic devices.
Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide sports and recreation opportunities on a national level. Individuals with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries can develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports as well as recreational and educational programs. Additionally, they offer more grant resources.
The Kelly Brush Foundation offers grants to support its mission of driving those with spinal cord injuries to lead active lives. They offer grants to assist in purchasing adaptive sports equipment.
The IM Able Foundation seeks to remove obstacles to being physically active for those with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Grants through IM Able are available for adaptive sports equipment.
SCORE provides grants to those who have been paralyzed while participating in sports or recreational activities for rehabilitation therapy. They offer grants related to sports equipment, home renovations for accessibility, and other quality of life improvements.
Vehicle and Adaptive Mobility Equipment Grants
The following listed grants offer help in financing adaptive vehicles as well as mobility equipment.
The National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility, which is also known as NOVA, advocates on behalf of people with mobility and ambulatory disabilities. In addition, they provide grants for the purchase of adaptive mobility equipment as well as options for vehicle modifications for accessibility.
Blood Brothers Foundation seeks to transform the lives of individuals with physical disabilities. Their grants can help restore physical freedom, mobility, and independence through adaptive devices for vehicles and modifications for wheelchair accessibility
The Mobility Resource connects people with disabilities with financing grants for wheelchair accessible vans, wheelchair lifts, scooters, and adaptive driving equipment as well as other mobility products.
Military Grants for Spinal Cord Injury
These grants offer financial assistance to service members with spinal cord injury or other physical disabilities.
The Semper Fi Fund is a charity that provides resources for injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They offer grants for general financial assistance.
The US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers this grant to adaptive sports programs whose mission is to offer rehabilitation, adaptive sports assistance, and therapeutic resources of United States veterans.
General Purpose Spinal Cord Injury Grants
Lastly, here are some additional grants and financial aid programs to help those living with a spinal cord injury.
The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (BRPF) has a goal to find a cure for paralysis. They help fund the latest medical research while also providing assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders. BRPF offers grants for financial assistance as well as research for cures.
The Travis Roy Foundation is focused on empowering spinal cord injured individuals through adaptive equipment grants, which enable independence. Plus, they fund SCI research to benefit people with chronic injuries. Grants are available to go toward durable medical equipment like wheelchairs or assistive devices as well as research regarding spinal cord injuries.
Be Perfect Foundation is a non-profit whose aim is to provide direct financial aid to individuals living with a spinal cord injury and/or paralysis. They offer grants for financial assistance as well as scholarship opportunities.
Friends of Man is a non-profit working with referring professionals to supply mobility equipment and additional supplies for those with qualifying disabilities. This non-profit offers grants for financial assistance and durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other assistive devices.
The Dream2Walk Foundation is a non-profit organization offering financial assistance at approved recovery based therapy facilities. Dream2Walk has available grants for financial assistance for approved physical therapy.
The Triumph Foundation helps to cover the gap in insurance coverage for those with spinal cord injuries. In addition, they provide necessary equipment through various missions such as the Keep Moving Forward Grant program, the Employment Achievement Award, and the Equipment and Supply Exchange. They offer grants for financial assistance and assistive technology.
The Amy Van Dyken Foundation works to ensure children in need receive the correct mobility equipment to fit their needs. This foundation works with various partners to trade in poor-fitting wheelchairs for appropriately sized equipment. Grants are available for financial assistance and durable medical equipment like wheelchairs.
The Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation is a charity devoted to assisting individuals with a spinal cord injury. They do this by providing access to assistive technology products and educational materials.
The Tyler Schrenk Foundation provides key resources, including grants, to help those living with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities with essential equipment. This foundation provides grants for financial assistance and equipment for mobility and accessibility.
Spinal Cord Injury Scholarships
180 Medical is honored to offer annual scholarship opportunities for those living with spinal cord injuries and other medical conditions. Additionally, we offer a new scholarship program for caregivers.
This scholarship is open to college students of all ages who plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college in the fall of each applicable year. Applying students must be under the care of a physician for one of the following medical conditions:
- Spinal cord injury
- Spina bifida
- Neurogenic bladder
- Transverse myelitis
- Ostomy (urostomy, colostomy, or ileostomy)
This scholarship is our way to give back to the primary unpaid caregivers who support their loved ones with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries.
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